Welcome to the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival website.
The Kotatsu Japanese animation Festival was created by organizer Mrs Eiko Ishii Meredith.
Launched in November 2010 at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, UK, the festival screened the best in Japanese animation and culture to a wide audience.
The 2010 event included screenings of Japanese animations from mainstream to independent, workshops for children and a masterclass from respected animator Barry Purves.
This year's festival is to be held on 1st December at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff.
We are glad to announce this year's main event.
A screening of the wonderful stop motion animation ‘Komaneko’
directed by Tsuneo Goda,
followed by a live Q&A session with the director and Hirokazu Minegishi, stop motion animator via skype from Japan.
Komaneko is a stop-motion series of shorts featuring a curious cat, his friends and their adventures. Beautifully animated, with lovable characters, exquisite set pieces and enchanting story lines guaranteed to please all ages.
Tsuneo Goda is also the creator of Domo, internationally famous character and the official mascot of Japan's NHK television station..
Here is a Special Message from Director Tsuneo Goda.
“The Kotatsu Film Festival is such a lovely name for this festival of animation.
Thank you once again for inviting me to participate in the festival.
Komaneko is presented using `cat’s language’.
Some parts are also shown in `dog’s language’.
The film should therefore be enjoyed by Japanese and British people,
and indeed by people the world over, whatever their language.
I would be thrilled and delighted to know that you enjoyed my film.”